At Empire Coachbuilders we are proud of the aftersales services we offer. When customers need running repairs or something more major to their horse boxes, we want them to feel that they are welcome to contact us at anytime to help them. To that end, Empire has invested in a Customer Support Vehicle and on its first outing we decided to take a photo of the moment!
We are pleased to welcome Christopher Padfield to the Empire family. Christopher and his wife are major hunting enthusiasts. Hunting with two packs one in Essex where they live, where Christopher is a hunt master, and one in Lincolnshire which Christopher hunts with regularly. When the Padfield’s came to meet us he had already visited many of the other manufacturers in the UK. Having been recommended to speak to us by one of his friends, Christopher made the long journey across the UK from his home in Essex to speak to our Salesman James early on a Saturday morning.
Having understood Chris’s requirements where other manufacturers had failed, due to James’ personal knowledge of horses and what a hunting box needed to be; Christopher’s search for a horsebox manufacturer came to a halt. James quickly set about searching for a chassis for Christopher and his wife. Having built them the lorry of their dreams, Kevin Jackson the founder of Empire decided that James could deliver the Padfield’s Empire Platinum to their home himself. This was the first time Kevin, who usually likes to do the hand over himself, has let this take place. James made sure he took the time to show them how everything worked. Making sure the Padfield’s felt part of the Empire family and finally celebrating the delivery with a glass of champagne.
Empire Classic SE
Built in 2015 upon a 2007 (57) DAF LF this Empire Classic SE boasts stunning Range Rover bronze metallic paint, large outside tack locker, power hose and sundry skirt lockers. Horse and reversing CCTV.
The horse area is stalled for 4 horses with 3 non padded Empire partitions. Large rug rack, rubber matting, galvanised steel window guards and duratex kick boarding. Two large skylights produce plenty of ventilation and light.
The living area is finished in light Oak, has a large 110 litre fridge / freezer, warbrode, hob and sink with black toughened glass cover, plenty of plug sockets, L shaped seating with table that turns into a bed, very large Luton pod, large cut though to the cab and skylight to the living create a lovely airy feel to the living.
Built in 2015 upon a 2007 (57) DAF LF
Boasts stunning Range Rover bronze metallic paint
Large outside tack locker
Sundry skirt lockers
Horse and reversing CCTV
Large 110 litre fridge / freezer
Hob and sink with black toughened glass cover
Plenty of plug sockets
L shaped seating
Table that turns into a bed
Very large Luton pod
Large cut though to the cab
Skylight to the living create a lovely airy feel to the living
Stalled for 4 horses
3 non padded Empire partitions
Large rug rack
Galvanised steel window guards
Duratex kick boarding
Two large skylights
Produces plenty of ventilation and light
Living area is finished in light Oak
Empire welcomes Caroline Ryan Bell
Empire welcome British international event rider Caroline Ryan Bell.
Empire are excited to have delivered this afternoon, a new build Empire Classic SE. The Empire Classic range is normally used for clients requiring day living while travelling their horses in comfort and style to local competitions that don’t require them to stay away.
Caroline decided to put a classic spin on her Empire Classic SE and the results where spectacular. She travel to many of the top international horse trials all over the UK and Europe with many horses and now she can still travel the horses in comfort the same as in any Empire but their ample living boasts many features.
We have very much enjoyed working with Caroline helping her to create their perfect Horsebox and we wish her the best of luck for the future.
Empire coachbuilders welcomes Paul and Vicky from PM Equestrian.
When Paul Morgan and his partner Vicky where looking for a new lorry they wanted something robust and strong for there team of event horses. But something comfortable enough for Paul to stay away in. Paul runs PM Equestrian, a distributor of Antares, Parlanti Roma (and Parlanti Passion), Cambox Isis and Tech Stirrups. These brands have all been handpicked by Paul for there stunning quality and as products that he would – and does – use whilst riding and competing his own horses: he recommends these to his customers without hesitation.
Paul needed a lorry to do both staying away at trade shows all over the country and all through the year while his partner Vicky competes her string of event horses. When they met Empire at the Hickstead Derby they where quick to order there Empire Classic SE and took delivery this week.
26 Ton Renault Premium 26 ton 3 axle Coach built by Whittingham. 6 horses + Full living
26 ton Renault Premium (Big Engine) 3 axle coach built by Whittingham horseboxes. Stalled for 6 large horses or 7 ponies. Full height and width. Power rear ramp. Front and rear air suspension. Full luxury living with large bathroom. Separate toilet and shower cubicle. Sleeping for 4 people. Two in the living and two in the bunk bed of the cab. The living includes, Full leather seating, Full cooker, hot and cold water, blown heating, microwave, TV. Large amount of storage. Several large external tack lockers. Well built strong truck. Maintained regardless of cost. Real eye catching truck.
26 ton Renault Premium (Big Engine)
3 axle coach built by Whittingham horseboxes
Stalled for 6 large horses or 7 ponies
Full height and width
Power rear ramp
Front and rear air suspension
Full luxury living with large bathroom
Separate toilet and shower cubicle
Sleeping for 4 people
Two in the living
Two in the bunk bed of the cab
Full leather seating
Hot and cold water
Large amount of storage
Several large external tack lockers
Well built strong truck
Maintained regardless of cost
Real eye catching truck
3.5t camper van with all the amenities expected from a luxury campervan and a few other extra’s that only a horsebox manufacturer would think of! Built upon a 2007 Citreon Relay with mileage of 80,000 this bespoke built camper van has ample living for 2 with separate internal storage for your dogs, mountain bikes, surf boards, fishing rods, infact anything that you can think of that involves the outdoors!
This lovely bespoke built camper van has a single bed above the cab and a double bed can be formed by dropping the dining table down. The living is heated and hot water is provided by both 240v and gas. So depending on where you are your heating and hot water will always be available in ample supply.
For those evenings where you want to stay in and relax rather than head out you can whip up a storm in the kitchen area with the gas hobs and the combi oven which works on the LPG generator or the 240v hook up. After cooking yourself and your partner up a lovely meal you can relax on the leather upholstered seating and stretch out while watching your flatscreen TV with digital aerial. Choosing from one of 150 channels or use the built in DVD player to while away your evening.
Getting ready for your day ahead will not be a chore with the inbuilt wet room, you will be able to prepare yourself with a nice hot shower for whatever you decide to do with your day, be it taking your dogs out for a long walk, mountain biking, surfing or fishing, all of this can be stored in our separate rear compartment. Keeping the dogs happy in there own compartment or your equipment stored safely is no problem in the Empire Sport Camper.
3.5t camper van
Built upon a 2007 Citreon Relay
Ample living for 2
Separate internal storage for your dogs, mountain bikes, surf boards, fishing rods,
Single bed above the cab
Double bed can be formed by dropping the dining table down
Living is heated and hot water is provided by both 240v
Kitchen area with the gas hobs
Leather upholstered seating
Flatscreen TV with digital aerial
Built in DVD player
Inbuilt wet room
Dogs own compartment
26 ton 3 axle Scania 340 coach built by Sovereign coach builders. Stalled for 7 with full height and width. Full length rug rack with LED lighting throughout. Full luxury living with sleeping accommodation for 4 people in comfort. The living consist of full cooker, blown heating, 3 way fridge, microwave , Hot and cold water, Hob and sink. Large amounts of storage. Large bathroom with toilet, shower and hand basin. Large external tack lockers. 240 volt hook up with push start on board generator. Rear air suspension with tag axle that lifts. CCTV camera system in the horse area and the rear of the truck. Full tilt cab for ease of maintenance. Excellent condition for age. Well maintained and cared for. Long mot.
26 ton 3 axle Scania 340 coach built by Sovereign coach builders
Stalled for 7 with full height and width
Full length rug rack with LED lighting throughout
Full luxury living with sleeping accommodation for 4 people in comfort
The living consist of full cooker
3 way fridge
Hot and cold water
Hob and sink
Large amounts of storage
Large bathroom with toilet
Shower and hand basin
Large external tack lockers
240 volt hook up
Rear air suspension with tag axle that lifts
CCTV camera system
Full tilt cab
Excellent condition for age
Well maintained and cared for
62 Reg Vauxhall Movano Coach built. 2 stall. New Build
Vauxhall Movano. Built on LWB chassis. 62 plate. New build by Flying Spur. Carries 2 horses rear facing – great height and width in horse area. Two outside tack lockers with saddle and bridle racks, spare wheel, bench seating to the rear and lockable cupboard. Low mileage for year.
Built on LWB chassis
New build by Flying Spur
Carries 2 horses rear facing
Great height and width in horse area
Two outside tack lockers with saddle and bridle racks
Bench seating to the rear
Low mileage for year
Empire welcomes Aoife Clark
Aoife Clark has had a fantastic few years, kicking off in 2012 coming 7th individually at the London Olympics. 2013 saw a career high of 11th in the World Rankings, along with becoming the first Irish rider to win Blenheim CCI***, finish 8th at a hugely competitive Badminton and winning the Silver medal at the World Championships for young horses in France. Aoifé then went on to win Bramham CCI*** in 2014 followed by success at the World Equestrian Games.
Aoife decided it was time to upgrade her lorry in 2015 and after speaking to all the big name manufacturers she came to visit Empire and her search was halted. She was so impressed with our build strength and quality finishes but also our willingness to listen to the customers design spec that she commissioned one straight away.
It had been a pleasure to work with Aoife and her husband Simon and we wish them all the best for the future.